DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – StriveTogether, a Cincinnati-based, national non-profit has awarded Montgomery County’s Learn to Earn program $500,000, some of which will benefit Dayton Public Schools.
Learn to Earn is a program that strives to make sure all children in Montgomery County are ready to enter kindergarten and eventually become ready for post-secondary education.
Individually selected “Equity Fellows” will support Dayton Public School building administrators and teachers, and work with the issues that hinder academic growth in economically and racially underrepresented school districts.
Sinclair Community College trained fellows will monitor achievement and suspension rates, comparing them with race and gender. The Montgomery County Educational Service Center with partner with Sinclair.
Dr. Elizabeth Lolli, Superintendent of Dayton Public Schools, says, “We are a very diverse school system and we are becoming more and more diverse every week. With this particular program, we will be able to monitor and remove barriers that are often unseen. We are dedicated to ensuring that every student succeeds.”
StriveTogether leads a national movement of 70 communities that uses data to close the achievement gap.
The local project is part of a nine city cross-country plan to achieve better results for children’s lives and will also include the Northmont School District.
The $500,000 award will be shared by the two districts initially with Dayton’s Wright Brothers Middle School, Dunbar Early College High School, Thurgood Marshall STEM and David H. Ponitz High Schools and Fairview Pre K-6.